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If the bulkhead is not structural, then by all means, remove it and replace it. This is a fair amount of work, but you really need to inspect the fasteners that come through the cabintop, including the chainplates, and make sure all are properly sealed. While you're doing this, it would probably be a good idea to properly pot all of the cabintop fastener holes, with thickened epoxy, and then re-bed all of the chainplates and such.
Personally, I would take the mast down, so that I could remove the cabintop mounted mast step/foot and check the deck underneath it, pot the fasteners for it and then re-bed it. That way, you shouldn't have to worry about it rotting for a good long time.
I would also reinforce the bulkhead where the chainplates attach, and use a backing plate to help support the chainplates. If you remove the chainplates to re-bed them, it is probably also worthwhile to inspect them for crevice corrosion...and if they are at all suspect... you should probably replace them.
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